New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/25/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+115) Bruins (-135)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (16-8-4) play the New York Islanders (21-8-4) at TD Garden on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Islanders coming in at +115 and the Bruins are at -135. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Islanders were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 2-1 win against the Flyers in their previous game. The Islanders had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the victory. For the outing, they earned a goal on 2 of the 20 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 1 chance with the advantage but weren't able to net one. New York garnered 2 mins in the box in this game. The Corsi for the Islanders was sitting at 40 and the Corsi against was at 58 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 40.8%. Their Fenwick came in at 27 and the Fenwick Against sat at 42, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 39.1%. They recorded 16 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 25 attempts to win the face-off. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 41.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.3 for this matchup.
New York Islanders opponents have 81 power play opportunities (27th in professional hockey) and have a total of 14 goals in those attempts. The Islanders have had 912 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .921. New York has taken 970 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.9%. When playing at even strength, the Islanders have allowed the opponent to score 58 goals while scoring 78 of their own. New York has accounted for 88 power play opportunities and they have notched 18 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 20.45%. For the season, they have 46 points and their points % is .697. In reference to their scoring capabilities, the New York Islanders have notched 96 goals (12th in pro hockey) on the season and have surrendered 72.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Semyon Varlamov. For his career, Varlamov has accounted for 275 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .559. His save percentage is at .916 during his 29,517 mins played. Varlamov has seen 15,466 shots taken against him and has recorded 14,163 saves. Opponents have scored 1,303 goals versus Varlamov in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.65. He has accumulated a win-loss record of 245-189-59 and was named the starter in 492 games. Varlamov has been involved in 515 games over the course of his NHL career.
In their last game, Boston played the Sabres in a game where the Bruins took home the win by a final score of 4-1. They had a PDO at even strength of 107 and their percentage of oZS was 40.6%. They had 5 opportunities on the power play in this matchup and recorded 2 out of those opportunities. Their Fenwick percentage was 51.4% by earning a Fenwick of 36 and the Sabres having racked up a 34 Fenwick. The Bruins tallied 4 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they pursued. Boston wound up with a 50.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Boston played and they looked like the better team in this game.
Boston has put up 885 shots (26th in pro hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 8.47%, while allowing their opponents 750 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 89.36% on their oppositions 94 power play tries, and their save percentage is 91.5%. They have earned 84 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 25.00%. The Bruins are sitting with 54 goals at even strength and 21 goals (12th in hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 64 goals to be scored by way of 54 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this year, the Boston Bruins have earned a total of 75 goals, 36 points, in addition to a points percentage of .643.
For the opposition you are likely to see Tuukka Rask protecting the goal. He has compiled 14,047 stops out of the 15,245 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .921. Rask is the owner of a lifetime record of 299-162-66 and has played in 550 contests. He got the starting nod in 529 games and has accumulated 31,664 mins. Rask's quality start percentage comes out to 60.7% and he has 321 quality starting assignments in his career. Teams are averaging 2.27 goals per game and he has relinquished 1,198 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+115)
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